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Virginia Woolf ranks among the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Embracing the Post-Impressionist times in which she lived, her novels reflect the artistic shift from romanticism to abstract. Plot mattered very little to Woolf. Her writing was a stream of consciousness outside of time and place. Her novels, including her best-known work, Mrs. Dalloway, inv Virginia Woolf ranks among the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Embracing the Post-Impressionist times in which she lived, her novels reflect the artistic shift from romanticism to abstract. Plot mattered very little to Woolf. Her writing was a stream of consciousness outside of time and place. Her novels, including her best-known work, Mrs. Dalloway, invariably dwell on gender roles and the concept of reality. Woolf suffered from mental illness throughout her life. Her inner torment formed the basis of much of her writing. Virginia made multiple suicide attempts and was institutionalized several times throughout her life as she feared a loss of control due to her increasing depression and manic episodes. Her husband, Leonard Woolf, with whom she had mainly a platonic relationship, remained supportive of her until her death. On March 28, 1941, Virginia Woolf walked into the River Ouse wearing a heavy coat with pockets filled with rocks. Her body was found three weeks later. Discover a plethora of topics such as A Dysfunctional Home Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group The Making of a Modern Woman Mrs. Dalloway Virginia and Vita’s Love Affair Woolf’s Suicide and Beyond


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Virginia Woolf ranks among the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Embracing the Post-Impressionist times in which she lived, her novels reflect the artistic shift from romanticism to abstract. Plot mattered very little to Woolf. Her writing was a stream of consciousness outside of time and place. Her novels, including her best-known work, Mrs. Dalloway, inv Virginia Woolf ranks among the most influential writers of the twentieth century. Embracing the Post-Impressionist times in which she lived, her novels reflect the artistic shift from romanticism to abstract. Plot mattered very little to Woolf. Her writing was a stream of consciousness outside of time and place. Her novels, including her best-known work, Mrs. Dalloway, invariably dwell on gender roles and the concept of reality. Woolf suffered from mental illness throughout her life. Her inner torment formed the basis of much of her writing. Virginia made multiple suicide attempts and was institutionalized several times throughout her life as she feared a loss of control due to her increasing depression and manic episodes. Her husband, Leonard Woolf, with whom she had mainly a platonic relationship, remained supportive of her until her death. On March 28, 1941, Virginia Woolf walked into the River Ouse wearing a heavy coat with pockets filled with rocks. Her body was found three weeks later. Discover a plethora of topics such as A Dysfunctional Home Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group The Making of a Modern Woman Mrs. Dalloway Virginia and Vita’s Love Affair Woolf’s Suicide and Beyond

30 review for Virginia Woolf: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of British Authors)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sakshi

    Hourly history provides a brilliant and breif glimpse into who Virginia Woolf is... Found this to be a helpful aid in reading her work, which one can appreciate more the more one knows about her.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    From the description of Virginia Woolf, she was an extremely sensitive person who didn't recover from change and life's difficulties very well.  What she could do was help readers understand more about their lives through her introspection about her own (life).  Victorian life was geared toward married women taking care of their families and doing good works outside the home.  It was a restrictive environment for unmarried women, that kept them in the home, doing needlework.  Politics, business, From the description of Virginia Woolf, she was an extremely sensitive person who didn't recover from change and life's difficulties very well.  What she could do was help readers understand more about their lives through her introspection about her own (life).  Victorian life was geared toward married women taking care of their families and doing good works outside the home.  It was a restrictive environment for unmarried women, that kept them in the home, doing needlework.  Politics, business, and educational interests were generally closed to women. Obviously, the Bloomsbury Group was a group of avant-garde intellectuals, including E M Forster and Lytton Strachey. When Virginia and Leonard Woolf married, they had dogs instead of children because her physician worried about Virginia's mental instability.    Virginia specialized in the 'stream-of-consciousness' narrative voice.  The author points out accurately that "Virginia was less concerned about the accuracy of reality than the impact of reality on the mind." (p. 20)  I learned a great deal about Virginia, her friends, and her writings.

  3. 5 out of 5

    D. Thrush

    Virginia Woolf was a fascinating complicated woman living in a time that oppressed women. I didn’t know much about her, but this short 43-page book covers her life pretty well including some of her best-known books and their appeal. She was creative and had her demons. I understand better who she was and why her books endure after reading this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Quinesia Johnson

    Okay, I skimmed through this booklet. However, I found that it did include basic information about Virginia. It was easy to read and good for general information. If you have the slightest interest in Virginia Wolf it's definitely an easy enough, and short enough read to take an interest in. Okay, I skimmed through this booklet. However, I found that it did include basic information about Virginia. It was easy to read and good for general information. If you have the slightest interest in Virginia Wolf it's definitely an easy enough, and short enough read to take an interest in.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    A Wonder Woman of her time Virginia Woolf was so very ahead of her time. She was intellectually amazing - not a trait appreciated in women of her era. She is to be admired not only for her writing, but for living the life she believed in.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joubi

    This just further cemented my love for her while also breaking the ideal image i had of her. She wasn’t perfect, nor did she have the best philosophy but her writing and some of her believes still keep me hooked

  7. 5 out of 5

    Harry Trumfio

    Outstanding overview of this troubled author's life, together with meaningful summaries of her best works. A good read that provides insights into her counter-culture life style and causes of her deep depression. Outstanding overview of this troubled author's life, together with meaningful summaries of her best works. A good read that provides insights into her counter-culture life style and causes of her deep depression.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Books and the Bronx Gurrrrlll

    Great quick, informative read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Victor Raul

    Una interesante biografia sobre una mujer excepcional que sobrellevo su enfermedad y la revelo en sus obras. Una feminista que ademas carecio de una educacion formal por el solo hecho de ser mujer. Sin lugar a dudas un personaje valioso que fue discriminado y a pesar de las circunstancias se supo imponer. "Una no puede pensar bien, amar bien dormir bien si una no ha cenado bien" Muy satisfecho con esta lectura. Una interesante biografia sobre una mujer excepcional que sobrellevo su enfermedad y la revelo en sus obras. Una feminista que ademas carecio de una educacion formal por el solo hecho de ser mujer. Sin lugar a dudas un personaje valioso que fue discriminado y a pesar de las circunstancias se supo imponer. "Una no puede pensar bien, amar bien dormir bien si una no ha cenado bien" Muy satisfecho con esta lectura.

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